Wilmington,N.C.-- The UMBC Softball team started the first day of the Hampton Inn University Area Seahawk Softball Classic in Wilmington, N.C. by dropping two tough contests, a 5-3 back-and-forth affair with Appalachian State and a 7-1 loss to host UNCW.
The Retrievers (3-8) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first after Kelly Lane (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) drew a two out walk, followed by Kaelin Jackson (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional) reaching on an error. Jaclyn Buckley (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Camden Regional) then smashed an RBI double to bring in Lane and an error later in the inning allowed Jackson to score.
Appalachian State (6-4) would quickly respond with two in the top of the second and then take the lead with a single run in the fourth. UMBC would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth after Jackson would hit a leadoff single and move to second on a sacrifice bunt from Buckley. The senior would advance to third on a passed ball and then score on a wild pitch.
The Mountaineers would once again quickly respond with two in the top of the sixth and UMBC would have runners at second and third in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't score and fell 5-3.
Buckley was the only player in the game with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with the RBI double. Jackson went 1-for-4 with two runs scored, while Kelly Lane went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored. Defending America East Player of the Week Maddie Daigneau (New River, Ariz./Boulder Creek) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
UNCW (4-1) would jump out to a 4-0 lead before even recording an out in the bottom of the first. UMBC would threaten to get back into the game multiple times, but couldn't cut into the lead before the Seahawks added two more runs in the fourth to make it 6-0.
The Retrievers would get a run back in the top of the fifth when Lane hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score Haley DeLany (Lederach, Pa./Souderton Area) and cut the lead to five, but they would get no closer.
Toni Santonastasso (Canonsburg, Pa./Pope John XXIII Regional) went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, while Daigneau, once again, finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
UMBC will look to get back in the win column when it has a 10 AM rematch with UNCW, followed by a 3 PM game with North Texas.